MLS Roundup: World Cup snubs issue their responses in front of goal

Obafemi Martins produced a wonderful goal to inspire Seattle to a 1-0 victory over San Jose on Saturday night.

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Toronto FC 2 – New York 0

Jermain Defoe issued a thunderous response to his omission from the England World Cup squad as the Reds dispatched the Red Bulls at BMO Field. Defoe scampered onto Bradley Orr’s pass and smashed his effort past Luis Robles to notch the opener in the 12th minute. Luke Moore secured the points deep in second-half stoppage time after taking advantage of a communication breakdown in the New York defense.

Seattle 1 – San Jose 0

Obafemi Martins separated the sides with a wonderful lob to settle the affair at CenturyLink Field. Martins bounded through the left side of the penalty area and found himself at an acute angle well covered by Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. The Nigerian international striker – omitted from his country’s 30-man provisional roster for the World Cup – responded to the adversity by delightfully clipping his effort inside the far post after just eight minutes. The winner increased Martins’ haul to four goals in his past six matches.

Portland 3 – Columbus 3

The visitors conceded twice in the final 10 minutes to allow the 10-man Timbers to claim a deserved point at Providence Park. Maximiliano Urruti opened the scoring after five minutes, but Federico Higuaín equalized with a stunning chip over Donovan Ricketts. Alvas Powell procured a red card for a wild challenge on Chad Barson. Higuaín grabbed his second from the spot in first-half stoppage time after Futty Danso spun around Giancarlo González. Portland enjoyed most of the play after the interval and restored parity through a deflected Will Johnson effort. Ethan Finlay restored the Crew lead a moment later, but Gastón Fernández struck five minutes from time to snatch a point for the home side.

Philadelphia 3 – New England 5

New England became the third team to register consecutive five-goal performancez in a romp at PPL Park. A.J. Soares opened the scoring with his header before Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury combined to set Fagundez free for the second. Vincent Nogueira’s rasping drive pulled a goal back for the Union, but Lee Nguyen tormented the Union defense shortly after the interval to grab the critical third. Chris Tierney thumped the fourth home from a free kick before Patrick Mullins grabbed the fifth after 67 minutes. Sheanon Williams and Sébastien Le Toux notched consolation goals in the final 20 minutes for the home side.

Real Salt Lake 2 – Colorado 1

RSL continued the pattern of home dominance in this series and maintained its unbeaten start with a victory over the Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium. Joao Plata completed a fine team move to open the scoring after 23 minutes. Javier Morales doubled the lead from the spot six minutes after the interval after a suspect decision against Drew Moor. Colorado improved after conceding the second and pulled a goal back through Moor in the final 10 minutes, but the Rapids could not procure an equalizer.

Houston 1 – LA Galaxy 0

Giles Barnes seized upon a poorly taken Galaxy throw-in to claim the points at BBVA Compass Stadium. Dan Gargan threw the ball toward Jaime Penedo, but Mark Sherrod closed quickly and won the ball. Sherrod then funneled the ball back for Barnes to open his body and tuck his effort inside the far post. It proved more than enough to send the Dynamo – even without the missing Brad Davis (US national team duty) and the substituted Boniek Garcia (withdrawn in the first half with a hamstring) – to a third victory in four attempts.

D.C. United 1 – Montréal 1

Eddie Johnson scored his first goal of the season to lift United to a draw against the Impact at RFK Stadium. Jack McInerney opened the scoring just before the hour when he corralled Justin Mapp’s pullback and poked into the net. United eventually drew level in the final 10 minutes when Johnson completed a sweeping team move by nodding Fabian Espindola’s inviting cross inside the far post.

FC Dallas 1 – Chivas USA 1

Injury-ravaged FCD claimed a late point through Fabian Castillo at Toyota Stadium. Marky Delgado swept home Mauro Rosales’ pullback on the hour to open the scoring for the visitors, but Castillo turned home Jair Benitez’s cross from close range to snag a share of the spoils. 

Chicago 2 – Sporting Kansas City 1

Mike Magee converted twice from the spot in the first 16 minutes to spark the Fire to victory at Toyota Park. Magee kept his nerve after Eric Kronberg fouled Quincy Amarikwa and slotted home from 12 yards. The reigning MLS MVP doubled his haul after Erik Palmer-Brown pushed Benji Joya to the ground minutes later. Palmer-Brown then marked his debut with an early departure after procuring a second yellow card just after the hour. Dom Dwyer pulled a goal back for 10-man Sporting after 68 minutes, but the visitors could not produce a second goal to snatch a point.